Britain's Simon Yates celebrates his gold medal during the men's points race at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, February 22, 2013.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

By Julien Pretot LIEGE, Belgium (Reuters) - A modest Simon Yates believes he is still a long way from winning the Tour de France but the Briton already knows what he has to do to get his chance to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees. The 22-year-old could have joined Team Sky, who produced Britain's two Tour de France winners in Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, but he went with his twin brother Adam to Australian outfit Orica GreenEDGE. The Yates brothers, who both have the abilities to mature into grand Tour contenders, would probably have started as domestiques to Froome and Australian Richie Porte in the three-week races -- not the best way to learn the ropes of being a team leader, Simon believes.


Posted: April 26, 2015, 5:26 pm
By Julien Pretot LIEGE, Belgium, April 26 (Reuters) - A modest Simon Yates believes he is still a long way from winning the Tour de France but the Briton already knows what he has to do to get his chance to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees. The 22-year-old could have joined Team Sky, who produced Britain's two Tour de France winners in Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, but he went with his twin brother Adam to Australian outfit Orica GreenEDGE. The Yates brothers, who both have the abilities to mature into grand Tour contenders, would probably have started as domestiques to Froome and Australian Richie Porte in the three-week races -- not the best way to learn the ropes of being a team leader, Simon believes.
Posted: April 26, 2015, 5:21 pm
April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the World Ranking Teams 1. Etixx - Quick-Step(Belgium) 779 2. Team Sky(Britain) 673 3. Movistar(Spain) 663 4. Katusha(Russia) 659 5. BMC Racing(United States) 410 6. Tinkoff - Saxo(Russia) 328 7. Orica(Australia) 326 8. Lampre(Italy) 317 9. Giant(Germany) 302 10. Astana(Kazakhstan) 241 11. Lotto(Belgium) 236 12. AG2R(France) 221 13. Trek(United States) 138 14. IAM Cycling(Switzerland) 74 15. LottoNL(Netherlands) 70 16. FDJ(France) 69 17. Cannondale(United States) 25
Posted: April 26, 2015, 3:50 pm
April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the World Ranking 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 338 2. Richie Porte (Australia / Team Sky) 303 3. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha) 237 4. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) 232 5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 230 6. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Etixx - Quick-Step) 195 7. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) 194 8. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) 184 9. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) 178 10. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 168 11. Julian Alaphilippe (France / Etixx - Quick-Step) 159 12. ...
Posted: April 26, 2015, 3:50 pm
Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic for the third time in his career on Sunday, clinching the Ardennes double after his midweek victory in the Walloon Arrow. The 35-year-old Spaniard waited until 500 meters (yards) from the line to chase down countryman Dani Moreno. After overtaking Moreno, Valverde then held off a challenge from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe - who also finished second behind him in Wednesday's Walloon Arrow. A handful of riders have won it three times and only Belgian great Eddy Merckx has won it more with five.
Posted: April 26, 2015, 3:46 pm
April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Liege - Bastogne - Liege (Liege - Ans, 253 km) on Sunday 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 6:14:20" 2. Julian Alaphilippe (France / Etixx - Quick-Step) ST 3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain / Katusha) 4. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) 5. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff - Saxo) 6. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 7. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) 8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) 9. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana) 10. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) 11. Louis Meintjes (South Africa / Team MTN) +10" 12. ...
Posted: April 26, 2015, 3:39 pm
(Adds details, quotes, changes dateline) By Julien Pretot ANS, Belgium, April 26 (Reuters) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde wrapped up a remarkable Ardennes classics season when he won Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday, four days after triumphing on the Fleche Wallonne. The Movistar rider, who finished second in the Amstel Gold Race last Sunday, outsprinted a reduced group of top guns at the end of a hilly 253-kilometre ride. France's Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) took second with another Spaniard, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), finishing third.
Posted: April 26, 2015, 3:24 pm
LIEGE, Belgium, April 26 (Reuters) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, a 253-km ride on Sunday. France's Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step) took second with another Spaniard, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), finishing third. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Justin Palmer)
Posted: April 26, 2015, 2:48 pm

Vicenzo Nibali of Italy, center rear left in blue, Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic, left, and Lars Boom of the Netherlands, center rear right in blue, ride in the pack as it cycles downhill near the village of Schin op Geul during the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold cycling race with start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg, Netherlands, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The Astana team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has survived a review of its top-tier racing status ordered after several doping cases. The International Cycling Union said on Thursday that its independent licensing panel let the Kazakhstan government-backed squad keep World Tour status, which ensures entries to all top races. The UCI asked its panel in February to strip the license after a critical audit of Astana's anti-doping work conducted by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne. Instead, Astana will be ''subject to strict monitoring'' through the season by the university, including at Nibali's planned defense of cycling's biggest prize in July.


Posted: April 23, 2015, 7:29 pm

Astana team rider and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy (R) cycles during the Tour de France Saitama Criterium race in Saitama, north of Tokyo October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour license on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday. The UCI announced in February that it wanted the sport's Licence Commission to strip the Kazakh team of their elite status following an investigation into doping after several Astana riders failed tests last season. The Commission met on Thursday and agreed Astana should retain their license subject to strict monitoring of a number of special measures proposed by experts at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL). "On the initiative of the Licence Commission, ISSUL were asked to propose special measures which the team will be obliged to put in place at specific times over the rest of this season," the UCI said in a statement.


Posted: April 23, 2015, 6:58 pm

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